Barry's Genealogy Diary

This online genealogical diary is hosted by Barry T. Self. It is primarily for information pertaining to the SELF surname, more particularly for descendants of John J. and Lydia Avaline Waters Self, who were married in Union County, GA in 1851. Barry Self is the SELF proclaimed family genealogist and historian, having spent over 20 years researching this Self line. This diary is dedicated to preserving and sharing the findings of his research.

My Photo
Location: Madisonville, Tennessee, United States

I am married to a wonderful and sweet wife, Svitlana, who is from Ukraine and we have a beautiful daughter, Lydia Elizabeth. I have worked in the funeral business since 1988 and thoroughly enjoy researching my family roots.

Thursday, November 26, 2009


Dixie Light Self, 87, of Oak Ridge, went to her heavenly home on November 25, 2009.She was born October 9, 1922 in Siler City, NC, the daughter of Henry and Essie McMasters Light. Mrs. Self was a member of Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church and Order of the Eastern Star #390. She enjoyed ceramics, knitting and cooking. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by husband, Arnold K. Self; brother, Howard Light; sister, Elizabeth Furgeson and infant sisters. She is survived by Sons, Kenneth Henry Self Sr., and wife Betty of Harriman and Wesley A. Self of Oak Ridge; Grandson – Kenneth Henry Self Jr. and wife Carol of Oak Ridge; Great Granddaughter – Madison Leigh Self, an 8th grader at Jefferson Middle School; and Sisters, June Carol Kelley of NC and Sara Pike of VA and numerous nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends on Saturday, November 28, 2009 from 6 – 8pm at Weatherford Mortuary. There will be an Eastern Star Service at 8pm, led by members of OES #390, followed by the funeral at 8:15pm with Rev. Garvan Walls officiating. A graveside service will be held on Sunday at 2pm at Haven Hill Memorial Gardens in Madisonville, TN. An on-line guest book can be signed at